Last Exit to Brooklyn

Overview

Hubert Selby's controversial 1964 cult novel Last Exit To Brooklyn is adapted to the big screen by director Ulrich Edel in this drama. The story is set in the early 1950s in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blighted waterfront town of boarded-up storefronts and striking factory workers. Harry Black Stephen Lang, a machinist put in charge of the local union strike office, suddenly finds himself one of the most important men in town. But for all his sudden power, there's something disturbing Harry. He rejects his wife's ...
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Overview

Hubert Selby's controversial 1964 cult novel Last Exit To Brooklyn is adapted to the big screen by director Ulrich Edel in this drama. The story is set in the early 1950s in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blighted waterfront town of boarded-up storefronts and striking factory workers. Harry Black Stephen Lang, a machinist put in charge of the local union strike office, suddenly finds himself one of the most important men in town. But for all his sudden power, there's something disturbing Harry. He rejects his wife's caresses and discovers himself infatuated with a frail young man who calls himself Georgette Alexis Arquette, who has a crush on well-muscled hood Vinnie Peter Dobson. But Harry doesn't confront his problem head-on until he falls head-over-heels in love with Regina Zette, a local transvestite. As the strike becomes more intense, Harry sinks deeper into an obsessive affair with Regina, using the strike fund to shower him/her with personal gifts. As Harry sinks into obsession, other characters float through the decaying streets. There's the attractive prostitute Tralala Jennifer Jason Leigh who falls in love with a sailor about to be shipped overseas. There is also an agreeable young man named Tommy John Costelloe who is beaten by his soon-to-be father-in-law Big Joe Burt Young for making his daughter Donna Ricki Lake pregnant. Everything comes to a tragic conclusion as the workers' strike escalates into a violent confrontation.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Uli Edel; Making of Last Exit to Brooklyn
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it features crime of only the most petty sort -- drugs, prostitution, and civil disobedience -- this stylish, haunting drama is as noirish as they come. Discontentment and desperation hound these characters like a hot summer wind, while their sexual obsessions almost invariably lead to ruin. Occasional glimpses of working-class joy and humor balance out the grimness of the main story line; even when they're forced, such as the scenes involving Ricki Lake's knocked-up Donna, they give the film a richer emotional palette than it would otherwise have. Many of these lighter scenes are the invention of the production team, who took some liberties with their dark source material. For instance, Spook (Cameron Johann), the shy teenager whose crush on prostitute Tralala (Jennifer Jason Leigh) serves as the film's symbol for innocence, did not appear in Hubert Selby's original novel. Literary purists may therefore find fault with the film; general audiences, meanwhile, may have trouble with its gloominess. Those who can stomach the material, however, will enjoy director Uli Edel's deft balance of brutality and pathos, cinematographer Stefan Czapsky's vivid hues, and the strong performances of everyone from Leigh and Alexis Arquette to Jerry Orbach and Stephen Baldwin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2011
  • UPC: 025192112171
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 40,594

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Lang Harry Black
Jennifer Jason Leigh Tralala
Burt Young Big Joe
Peter Dobson Vinnie
Jerry Orbach Boyce
Alexis Arquette Georgette
Stephen Baldwin Sal
Cameron Johann Spook
Rick Aiello
Rutanya Alda Georgette's Mother
Jason Andrews Tony
Daniel Beer Tral's Trick
Mark Boone Jr. Willie
Joseph Carberry Uptown Bartender
John Costelloe Tommy
Christopher Curry Riot Police Officer
Maia Danziger Mary Black
Colleen Flynn Ruthie
Ray Gill Dowland
James Harper Cop
Robert Kramer Fred
Ricki Lake Donna
James Lorinz Freddy
Bob Martana Truck Driver
Frank Military Steve
Christopher Murney Paulie
Michael O'Hare Riot Police Officer
Lisa Passero Teresa
Hubert Rechy Hit-Run Driver
Sam Rockwell Al
Camille Saviola Ella
Hubert Selby Jr. Hit-Run Driver
Al Shannon
Bruce Smolanoff Lost Soldier
Sylvie Spector Submarine Annie
Mike Starr Security Guard
Frank Vincent Priest
David Warshofsky
Robert Weil Alex
Zette Regina
Technical Credits
Uli Edel Director
Kathryn Bihr Makeup
David Chapman Production Designer
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Jake Eberts Associate Producer
Bernd Eichinger Producer
Mark Haack Art Director
Mark Knopfler Score Composer
Desmond Nakano Screenwriter
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Przygodda Editor
Herman Weigel Producer
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